S. R. Crockett
|S. R. Crockett|
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
September 24, 1859|
Duchrae, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire
|Died||April 16, 1914
After some years of travel, he became in 1886 minister of Penicuik. During that year he produced his first publication, Dulce Cor (Latin: Sweet Heart), a collection of verse. He eventually abandoned the Free Church ministry for novel-writing.
The success of J. M. Barrie and the Kailyard school of sentimental, homey writing had created a demand for stories in Lowland Scots, when Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister during 1893.  It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway. Crockett made considerable sums of money from his writing and was a friend and correspondent of R. L. Stevenson.
During 1900, Crockett wrote a booklet published by the London camera manufacturer, Newman & Guardia, comparing cameras favourably to pen and pencil and explaining how he encountered the N and G advertisement.
He died in France on holiday in early 1914, and the subsequent outbreak of the First World War meant a delay in his remains being buried in his home kirkyard at Balmaghie.
A monument to Crockett can be seen at Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. His papers are held by Edinburgh University. A biography of S.R. Crockett was published in 1991, by Dr. Islay Donaldson.
- The Raiders, 1894
- The Lilac Sun-bonnet, D. Appleton and company, 1895
- Mad Sir Uchtred (1894)
- The Men of the Moss Hags (1895)
- Sweetheart Travellers, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1895
- Cleg Kelly and The Grey Man (1896)
- The Surprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion (1897)
- The Red Axe (1898)
- The Black Douglas, Copyright 1899, Published (1902) by Doubleday & McClure Co., Printed by Manhattan Press;
- Kit Kennedy (1899)
- Joan of the Sword Hand, American News, 1900
- Little Anna Mark in 1900
- Cinderella: a novel, James Clarke & Co., 1901
- The silver skull, Smith, Elder, 1901
- Flower o' the Corn (1902)
- Red Cap Tales, Adam and Charles Black, 1904
- Raiderland, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1904
- Maid Margaret (1905)
- The Adventurer in Spain Ibister and Co., Ltd., 1903 (non-fiction)
- The white plumes of Navarre, Religious Tract Society, 1906
- Little Esson (1907) London,Ward,Lock
- Red Cap Adventures (1908)
- Silver Sand (1914)
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Crockett, Samuel Rutherford". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 88.
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